The 16th century plan to weaponize cats and birds with rocket packs

Back during the 1530s, a military planner in what is now Germany devised a rather strange means of siege warfare that would have seen cats and birds strapped with bombs to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise." » 3/06/14 11:36am 3/06/14 11:36am

Superpower vision lets cats and dogs see in ultraviolet

A new study suggests dogs and cats can see things that are invisible to humans — from psychedelic stripes on flowers to flashy patterned feathers on birds. Scientists say the secret behind this remarkable "superpower" is ultraviolet light detection. » 2/19/14 7:20am 2/19/14 7:20am

Mewbacca the Wookiee Cat proves today is a great day for cat cosplay

It seems like only a few hours ago that the glory of Armor Cat was bestowed upon us, but now there is a new challenger to the throne of January 9th, 2014's greatest cat cosplay! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... Mewbacca. » 1/09/14 6:00pm 1/09/14 6:00pm

Learn about kitty aspect ratio drift in An Engineer's Guide to Cats 2.0

Five years ago, Paul and T.J. delighted the Internet with An Engineer's Guide to Cats, a deadpan examination of the art and science of cats. Now the pair are back, measuring feline-borne crotch pressure, checking kitty aspect ratio, and applying more corporal cuddling—this time aided by autotune. » 12/21/13 3:00pm 12/21/13 3:00pm

The Mysterious Origins of Cat Domestication in China

Researchers studying a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in China have discovered that wildcats first came to ancient villages to feed on rodents, which were stealing farmers' grains. The research shows, for the first time, how the process of cat domestication started. » 12/16/13 12:00pm 12/16/13 12:00pm